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2017 to Bring Android Integration to New Benz Vehicles

If you have an Android phone and you have used the “OK, Google’ function to ask it a question or have it complete some task, you already understand just how neat and powerful the technology can be.

All of that utility will be getting integrated into new Mercedes-Benz vehicles come 2017, which will allow for some awesome connectivity between all your tech at home, at work, in the car and on your phone, if you so wish. The possibilities are staggering with this new addition to Mercedes-Benz cars, and considering the speed at which developers can build and release new apps these days, it’s probably not going to be long before we can do things with Google-connected cars that people never dreamed of. I’d offer an example here, but there’s no way I’m giving away my billion-dollar app idea! 😉

One thing I do wonder about, though, is just how deep the connectivity is going to go. It would be truly amazing if it could, on its own, discover an issue and let you know that you need to order a new Mercedes-Benz transmission for your vehicle.

Honestly, though, I look forward to turning on the heat in my car before I get in by telling my phone to take care of it and during the commute home tell my car to get the heater in my house running so it can be comfortable inside right when I get there.

 

Mercedes-Benz today announced the integration of the Google Assistant on Google Home. Google Home, a voice-activated personal assistant, makes it possible to interact with the Mercedes-Benz vehicle from home. The feature will be available to Mercedes-Benz customers in 2017.

The collaboration with the Google Assistant is part of Mercedes-Benz long-term goal of creating an intelligent ecosystem around cars, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to make everyday life more convenient for their customers. With this integration, Google Home users can send destination to their Mercedes-Benz Cars; set and activate heating and cooling systems within their vehicles; find out fuel and charge levels; check lock status as well as interact with their cars in order to lock doors and many more—all from the comfort of their home. Continue Reading

“Night Edition” S-Class Coupe a Thing of Beauty

Sporting slick black accenting and a look that uses both high luxe and sportiness thanks to it having AMG parts as well, the new Night Edition of the S-Class Coupe looks like one of the best ‘dark’ edition cars we have ever seen.

From bumper to bumper and rims to beautiful rims, this is seriously one very impressive looking Benz and we can’t wait for the public debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

 

Christmas might be right around the corner, but Mercedes-Benz is preparing a package perhaps better suited for Halloween with the new S-Class Coupe Night Edition. Like every other evening edition on the market, the special edition S-Class gets a bunch of glossy black accents.

Mercedes finishes the grille, 20-inch AMG wheels, mirror housings, and side sills in the dark shade, and then affixes a “Night Edition” badge on the front fenders.

The paint, Selenite Gray Magno, is a stylish matte shade, although Mercedes calls it an optional item – there’s no breakdown of other available colors, although we’re guessing they’re similarly dark and mysterious. Continue Reading

 

New Luxury Car Brand Genesis Has a Ton of Potential

(And Should Probably Scare the Heck Out of Other Luxury Manufacturers)

It looks like Hyundai really isn’t messing around when it comes to getting their new luxury brand Genesis off the ground. The new subsidiary car company already has somewhere around 350 dealerships across the country where the vehicles are available new and while that’s all well and good, there are some neat promises that will accompany the brand to up their luxury game.

For one, they intend on making most trips to the dealership a thing of the past when it comes to getting scheduled maintenance or repairs taken care of. Instead, they are planning to bring a loaner car right to the customer’s home and take the owned Genesis with them. Likewise, they’ll deliver the car back to the owner when the work has been completed. Where this differs from other brands is that it is a company-wide effort to offer this level of service as opposed to one that may or may not be offered from dealer to dealer.

What is crazy to think about is just how quick Hyundai began their move into luxury automaking. As pointed out by Chris Woodyard for USA Today, “Other luxury brands had years to plan the spinoff of their luxury brands. Hyundai did it in nine months.”
That also meant a heck of a lot more work than just designing and building the cars themselves, which Woodyard explained further, saying, “It’s fallen to a veteran auto executive Erwin Raphael to try to create a separate identity around the brand called Genesis. That has meant trying to get the word out and educate the dealer network about what it’s going to take to please luxury customers.”

Now, this move into the Luxury market by Hyundai should be more than just a little scary when it comes to other luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Acura, Lexus and others. In recent years, Hyundai has proven ridiculously capable when it comes to marketing and rebranding. Starting from scratch with a new brand should mean it is just that much easier for them to quickly build a reputation and a following.

Let’s look at what they did with the core Hyundai brand. Although they have been making cars since the late ‘60s, Hyundai didn’t really come into its own in the U.S. until the company started aggressively marketing here in 2000. Previous to that, they were barely regarded as decent when it came to bargain car companies were concerned, and honestly that view of them is generous considering they were not even close to being a recognizable household name at the time.

Since then, Hyundai has seen one of the most impressively meteoric growths ever witnessed in the automotive industry, and their growth is still going.

Less than a decade ago in 2008, the Hyundai Motor had barely broken into the top ten car manufacturers in the world. By 2012, they had made their way to the number five spot and currently they are the third largest car manufacturer on the planet, behind only Toyota and Volkswagen. They even own the single biggest car factory on Earth, which can be found in South Korea and builds more than one-and-a-half million cars every year in that one location alone.

As if all of that wasn’t scary enough to their competition, Genesis Motors has some real heavy hitters on their side when it comes to the luxury car manufacturing industry. Specifically, this is Genesis senior vice president Manfred Fitzgerald and brand designing lead Luc Donckerwolke. Fitzgerald used to be the director of brand and design for a little car company called Lamborghini. Donckerwolke was the design director for Bentley, Audi and Lamborghini.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that us Mercedes-Benz lovers can always be happy about no matter how the probable Genesis vs. Mercedes-Benz battle plays out: We have access to an incredible selection of beautiful and powerful classics that no new company could ever hope to compete with. Sure, that may not offer much peace of mind to Daimler, but it sure is for us. There really isn’t much more in the world that is nearly as cathartic as replacing a classic Mercedes-Benz transmission and taking a spin in a 35-year old car that rides like it’s brand new.

New Book to Explore the Aesthetics of Mercedes

While much of the classic design work and the luxuries offered by Mercedes-Benz is alone worth checking out in the book Sensual Purity – Gorden Wagener on Design, there is a section that looks like it will be extremely interesting to peruse through. That is the chapter titled “Mercedes-Benz Future World”.

In that part of the book (as you probably have guessed), they show all sorts of things that we can expect from Mercedes-Benz in upcoming years. In particular, this show an intimate look at the autonomous cars that the German automaker has in the works. Furthermore, there is imagery and discussion about the expansion of Mercedes-Benz, including looks at yachts, buildings, and even roads and bridges.

What is particularly interesting about the book as a whole is that its cover doesn’t have any kind of branding showing it off as a Benz product in any way. Though pretty much everything in the book itself does have a connection in some way to Mercedes, it still apparently stands as a great addition to the design world (something that would be discussed further here if we were actually part of that world, but alas…).

If you are more interested in getting your car looking better aesthetically, we have all sorts of classic Mercedes-Benz car parts, but one of the easier changes you can make is by grabbing some new rims.

 

Mercedes-Benz creates under the banner ‘Sensual Purity’, a term Gorden Wagener coined to represent the German marque’s two poles. “Rational and emotional, hot and cool,” offers the Daimler AG chief design officer.

He admits the philosophy has greatly helped guide him to formulate a contemporary design identity for the brand, a visual language that is reflected in the current family of cars.

Sensual Purity – Gorden Wagener on Design guides us through this philosophy. Published by Condé Nast International, it is a collaborative project involving Wagener, the photographer Jonathan Glynn-Smith and a creative team at Mercedes and the publisher. Continue Reading

Interesting New Car-Sharing Feature from Mercedes-Benz

Alternate means of transportation have been rapidly growing in the last couple years. Uber and Lyft, the ridesharing services have exploded in popularity and have almost wiped out traditional taxi services in many locations. Mercedes’ Croove service might be the revolution that kills traditional car rental services as it is intended to connect renters directly with vehicle owners to rent directly. Croove allows users to enter in parameters about what make, model and luxury features they require in their rental car and will return a list of available options for the renter’s timeframe needed.

The clever app can help people get a taste of what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Mercedes, but surprisingly the service is not a Mercedes exclusive, instead Daimler has set out to have any car available on the service so long as it is in good condition and is no more than 15 years of age. That last limitation can be a bit of a bummer for anyone who would want to rent a classic for their trip to Italy – but it makes sense as far as difficulty of insurance goes.

So despite the decision to have their service allow for any manufacturer’s cars to go up into the rental program, it seems Mercedes has found out a clever means of making a profit here that will benefit them more than most over auto companies.

Croove will not only get new drivers behind the wheels of Mercedes, enjoying that posh interior or smoothest ride possible suspension offering the perfect carriage for their business trip or vacation. That is definitely a beneficial marketing move – but even more than that, the new Croove service could offer prospective Mercedes buyers a means to actually afford their payments on that new luxury coup they’ve been eyeing as they can rent out their new Mercedes every once and awhile and take the bite off their payments giving access to luxury cars to income brackets who’d never think of them before.

 

It’s become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of those models. Mercedes-Benz has begun its own car-share service that adopts that approach – Croove, a platform that has now launched as a pilot in Munich, Germany.

Croove is pure peer-to-peer car rental model, where renters use an app to make choices about what model, trim level and other options they’re looking for in a car. The app will poll its database of registered vehicle owners in the area and find out what’s available for the time and duration need by the renter, and connect the dots.  Continue Reading

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Although they have received quite a bit of mockery and spoofing over the years since they were first created, those yellow “Baby on Board” signs are designed to actually serve a couple of purposes. However, there are also some urban legends that have been born from the signs, too.

For the most part, people put these signs up in their car to let other drivers know that there is a small child in the car (obviously). Theoretically, this is supposed to help trigger something in other drivers in the hopes that a natural instinct to protect babies kicks in and causes people who see the sign to drive more carefully. And this does work… for some people. They will see the “Baby on Board” sign and immediately question how safely they have been driving and will become more aware of their surroundings as they introspectively take a deeper look at the way they have been handling their vehicles.

On the other hand, some people view the “Baby on Board” signs as a warning to other drivers. In this line of thinking, the sign’s intent is to inform others that there is potentially something overtly distracting (a baby) in the car with the driver. Seeing as most people have at least some kind of experience with babies, when they see that sign they might automatically think about what the driver might be dealing with. Little kids will scream, yell, cry, throw things, make messes and do pretty much anything in their power to get the attention of their parents. That doesn’t make for a very ideal driving situation… Not in the least. Because of this, some drivers might opt to put up the “Baby on Board” sign just to let other drivers know that, “Hey, I’ve got a little hellion in here flipping out, I might not be the safest driver on the road right now.”

Another group of people altogether have a different take on the matter. These people just want to take pride in the fact that they have recently produced an offspring. That’s it – they just want others to realize they have the ability to reproduce.

There was also once the belief that having these signs posted in a car helped EMTs better deal with situations and collisions that included small kids, but that has long since been debunked.

If you’re thinking of getting one of these signs to stick to your Benz window for safety, you might actually want to consider replacing the transmission for your Mercedes so you can accelerate and decelerate more easily.

Does Anyone Pay Attention to “Baby on Board” Signs?

 

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Mercedes-Benz Mentions in Hip Hop

There’s something in the air when it comes to the hip hop community and Mercedes-Benz. I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that the manufacturer makes some of the best vehicles on the road (I might be a little biased, but hey) and that there is a thread of exclusivity when it comes to the German automaker. Either way, there are two things rappers really seem to love: Mercedes-Benz and rims (and we’re here to talk about the former).

We were honestly looking to create a full list of all the times that Mercs got mentioned in rap songs, but apparently there are literally thousands of them. Mercedes-Benz mentions are so prevalent in hip hop and rap, in fact, that they squash the number two spot (Bentley) by more than double.

As much as we’d like to hunt down every mention for our readers, that would be a months-long (years, maybe) ordeal that would completely turn this blog on its head and thoroughly change the subject matter. That all being said, we decided to whittle it down to just our favorites. We’re probably aging ourself a little bit with the picks below, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re seriously great songs.

So, without further ado and in no particular order – here are our favorite (which are obviously the best) rap songs that talk about Mercedes-Benz with the titles being links to each song’s video/song:

Eminem – Forgot About Dre

Slim Shady, hotter then a set of twin babies
In a Mercedes Benz with the windows up
When the temp goes up to the mid-80s
Calling men ladies, sorry, Doc, but I been crazy

 

Notorious B.I.G.- Big Poppa

Believe me sweety I got enough to feed the needy
No need to be greedy I got mad friends with Benz’s
C-notes by the layers, true f**kin players
Jump in the Rover and come over

 

2pac – Picture Me Rollin’

Picture me rolling in my 500 Benz
I got no love for these n***as, there’s no need to be friends

 

50 Cent – In da Club

When I pull out up front, you see the Benz on dubs
When I roll twenty deep, it’s twenty knives in the club

 

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)

Now I’m bout to make them tuck they whole summer in
They say I’m crazy, well, I’m ’bout to go dumb again
They ain’t see me ’cause I pulled up in my other Benz
Last week I was in my other other Benz

Kanye West- Last Call College Dropout

Mayonnaise Colored Benz I push Miracle Whips

(quite possibly the best rap lyrics of all time)

 

Kanye West- All Falls Down

Even if you in a Benz you still a (edited) in a coupe.

I wanna be the one on 106 and Park pushin a Benz.

 

Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’

If I wasn’t rapping baby I would still be ridin’ Mercedes
Chromin’, shinin’, sippin’ daily…

 

A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We’ve Got)

Do it for the strong, we do it for the meek
Boom it in your boom it in your boom it in your Jeep
Or your Honda or your Beemer or your Legend or your Benz
The rave of the town to your foes and your friends

Janis Joplin Ft G-Eazy- Mercedes Benz

Oh Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Puff Daddy & Mase – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down

We made hits that’ll rearrange your whole set
And got a Benz, that I ain’t even drove yet

 

Outkast – Benz or Beamer

I got these thoughts, similar to the ones that call in the wild
Up in the Benz is where I be doin about a hundred miles

 

Riff Raff Ft G-Eazy- Mercedes

I just rolled up in a new Mercedes

 

Not into rap? Don’t think we forgot about you. Probably the most well-known reference to Mercedes-Benz in music comes from none other than the Eagles with their classic Hotel California:

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

Here’s hoping you like my faves! If you don’t, you might want to reconsider your taste in music 😉 Seriously though these are some of the best rap songs of all time that mention Mercedes in the lyrics. Special thanks to Stephen for creating this list for us. Sound off on what songs you would like to see put in here instead.

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Cool AMG Coupe Coming Soon

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers had a recent interview with Top Gear magazine dropping juicy hints and details for the upcoming release of the ultra-premium Black series in AMG.

It seems the goal of the Black series is to take successful AMG models and push them to perfection with overhauls to make them more powerful, smoother and “balanced” as Moers put it.

We can expect the Black series to resemble previous well loved models, with a major tune up from bumper to bumper.

 

A new maximum-performance edition of the amazing Mercedes-AMG GT will hit dealers in 2018, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers told Top Gear magazine. The new Black Series will top even the incredible AMG GT R announced in June.

The upgrade will start under the hood, because even the GT R doesn’t make enough power for Moers’ liking. “I know the GT R chassis is able to handle more power,” Moers told Top Gear.

But this new flagship GT won’t just be a muscle car. We already know that AMG can build powerful engines, like the V8 in the 612-horsepower E63, but they are looking for balanced performance from the upcoming Black Series, he said. Continue Reading

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Daimler to Continue Diesel Sales in US

German magazines have spread a rumor that Mercedes-Benz was going to cease the release of diesel engine Benz’s in the US.

Well, Daimler the parent company has released a much needed clarification that the rumor is in fact false. Still, Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce what might be coming next, which has left up an air of mystery.

 

Daimler says it hasn’t decided to stop selling diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz models in the U.S., despite a report from a German magazine saying otherwise.

Reuters said today that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler denied a report from weekly magazine Der Spiegel, which had said the carmaker would cease to sell such cars next year.

“There is currently no decision nor are there considerations to withdraw diesel from the U.S.,” a company spokesman said.

Daimler’s sales of diesel cars make up less than one percent of its Mercedes brand’s car sales in the U.S, he said. Continue Reading

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Will Autonomy Take the Fun Out of Driving? For Some, Yes.

As much as we (obviously) love Mercedes-Benz around here, and seeing as we also love to drive our cars, we often think about how much fun self-driving vehicles like the F-015 will actually be. After getting to experience autonomous vehicles and way too much daydreaming about the days we can have one parked in our own garage, we can identify three kinds of people and how they will react to these inevitable autos.

First, there are more than a handful of people out there who just absolutely hate driving. Period. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, so it’s understandable that not everyone is going to take as much joy in pulling off a perfect parallel parking move as we might. Still, these are the people that autonomous driving is really designed for. By not having to pay attention to the road while they drive to and fro their various destinations, their presence on the road should also mean safer roads in general by helping to cut down on a significant amount of road rage and distracted drivers.

Second, and this is easily the category that we fall into, are the people who get real enjoyment out of being in control of their cars. For them (us), being driven around in an autonomous wheeled robot sounds like the antithesis of a good time. Accelerating and cornering are a blast for this group of people and having a machine handle all of that just sounds boring once you get over the novelty of having your car chauffeur you around for a day or two.

The third group of people are those who are going to get the most out of a self-driving car. These are the folks who don’t feel like they have enough time to read (or take in some other relatively inactive activity like use Facebook, play games on a tablet or whatever else) and can truly capitalize on the freedom given to them during those few moments during a daily commute. These people should already be head over heels for the idea of autonomy in vehicles as they’ll likely be able to go from reading one book a month to several.

Wherever you fall into this group, though, it is almost a given that commercially available autonomous cars will be making their way onto roads quicker than you might imagine. Now (for this writer at least), here’s hoping that we can swap out the rims on these cars for something a little more conventional and attractive, right?

Planning A Road Trip?

Here are a few things you need:

  • Some sweet jams
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Smart Phone With GPS
  • Snacks
  • A Travel Buddy (dogs work- sorry no cats)
  • A Sense Of Humor. No Road Trip Ever Goes According To Plan

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Cool AMG Racecars Make Their Way to USA

Mercedes Benz has made the announcement that they will be producing a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3 racers for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

The first of these cars will be run under the title sponsor WeatherTech, while the second will be under AMG and Team Riley Motorsports. With the titular sponsor of the race,

Mercedes seems poised to dominate yet another racing cup with superior engine performance.

 

The German automaker has announced that it has teamed up with the successful Riley Motorsports team to campaign a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

One of the team’s cars will run with extended AMG assistance as “AMG-Team Riley Motorsports,” while the second race car will run as WeatherTech Racing, with sponsorship from the series’ title sponsor. In addition, the AMG Customer Sports team SunEnergy 1 Racing will also campaign a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the same series.

Based on the Mercedes-AMG GT S road car, the GT3 race cars are competing in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) class, which features vehicles built in accordance with international GT3 regulations. Continue Reading

Photos by Brian Cleary/BCPix.com on behalf of Mercedes-Benz USA

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Mercedes Capped F1 Regulations

While Mercedes is doing great performance wise in this years F1 scene, it’s a far cry from the dominance exhibited last year where Mercedes was bounds and leaps ahead of the competition.

Toto Wolff states that this is due to Mercedes hitting a performance cap as far as the regulations are concerned, allowing competition to catch up. Toto Wolff is also against the changes to regulations next year as he is worried it would further destroy the level playing field.

While the regulations remain the same, each team has the time to optimize their engines and catch up to the performance titan that is the Mercedes engine.

 

Mercedes has maxed out on performance under the current Formula 1 regulations, according to its motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

Mercedes won its third consecutive constructors’ championship in Japan while its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are again contesting a private battle for the drivers’ title.

However, Mercedes has not been as dominant this term compared to the first two seasons of the V6 hybrid era.

Its tally of 679 points after 19 races is 24 short of its total at the same point last year.

After 19 races in 2015, the team had a record 15 front row lockouts, compared to 12 after the same number of races this year, while in the races, it has scored six one-twos this term compared to 12. Continue Reading

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Hamilton Leaves in a Huff

It’s been a rough week in the news regarding Lewis Hamilton, there has been a rather large media witch hunt for his actions at an FIA event where he was using snapchat.

After having seen the media’s reaction to him, he gave a rather disappointed speech at his next press conference and walked out without answering a single question.

While some might call him a show off, he’ll at least he showing off the right stuff with his Mercedes’ rims.

 

Lewis Hamilton opted not to answer questions in a Mercedes press conference at Suzuka on Saturday, and after offering an explanation, he walked out of the team’s hospitality building.

In addition to any FIA events, Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg attend short press conferences hosted by Mercedes on Thursday afternoons, and after both qualifying and the race.

On this occasion Hamilton took the microphone and paused for a while before referencing negative media reaction to his Snapchat antics in Thursday’s FIA press conference, citing it as disrespectful, before putting the microphone down and leaving. Continue Reading

image via motorsport.com

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Tesla’s Reputation is Hard to Beat

Tesla has been the focus of a lot of love coming from every source of car media, from social media to old established car magazines. It seems that everybody loves the new all electric focused upstart that has revitalized public interests, but why now and why Tesla?

Tesla dropped a bombshell on the auto industry when they released their functioning electric models, and they’ve had their name become synonymous with electric cars, which is the place to be now that everyone and their mother is becoming more and more interested in being eco friendly in every way that they can.

The electric motor has been around for a long time now, and it has been experimented with cars long before Tesla started building their first car. The problems came in the fact that we lacked the infrastructure to properly refuel these cars on any long distance trips and efficient batteries that could give these cars enough range to be practical in any sense. Tesla has capitalized at a time where batteries have been revolutionized by mobile phone producers and everyone is ready to throw money out to get recharge spots around towns so that these all electric vehicles can have their own form of gas station.

So what’s holding Mercedes back, and can they catch up? Well, Mercedes has already been on the charge for setting up brand new factories to produce their all electric cars set to be released between 2017 and 2024, with new all electric future car designs being dropped almost every week. Mercedes has already started catch up, but they’re also being held back by their mainstay internal combustion engine cars.

They still have a ludicrous amount of infrastructure invested into building gas and diesel models, and they recognize that not all of their customers may want an electric model. The fact that Mercedes has to divide their attention between two entirely different motors is going to cost them a lot of money to stay competitive with both. But if any company is going to have the assets and experience to modernize to the new electric craze it would be good old Mercedes-Benz. Plus, does Tesla have any chances to get sweet new rims for free?

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Why Expensive Cars are so… Expensive

So not a lot of people actually ask this question, and most that come across it will probably answer the question incorrection, or at least mostly incorrect. When it comes to luxury cars being more expensive, it is easy to assume that this is due to higher quality parts and the cost of installing all of these extra features, you’d be on a decent track but not quite covering much of the distance in the gap between prices.

Now what a person really is buying when they buy a luxury car would be the exclusiveness of the model. How much it stands out in comparison to the robins, or because of the features it offers like a superior engine and extra safety features to keep you and yours in the possibility of accident. But the true source of the increased cost would be the fact that you are paying for the exclusivity of the item in question.

Every single detail of every car you meet on the road was designed and built in factories and engineering labs that costs a significant amount of money before you even start accounting for material costs. As far as the material cost difference between a luxury car and a honda civic, is that the luxury car only sold 10,000 models while the civic has sold a few million, and if the designing costs for the civic and the luxury car  were of anywhere similar amounts, then the honda civics designing costs are divided between 200 times more people than our generically named luxury car. The true cost of luxury cars comes from paying for the infrastructure to put them on the markets while expecting a lower sale volume.

Now with luxury cars you often seek to be noticed on the road, and now the cheapest way to get noticed is a fresh new pair of Mercedes rims that you might have the chance to win for free.

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Submitting an Innovative Idea to Mercedes-Benz

So you think you’ve got a brand new idea that could revolutionize the Mercedes-Benz of your preference and you want them to include it in the next year lineup? Well, turns out auto company engineers are discouraged from speaking with private individuals due to a scandal involving a windshield wiper patent that many car companies plagiarized and eventually the owner of the design did successfully sue.

So what’s this mean about your new idea? Well it depends on if you want to make money off the idea or not. If you have a design or innovation so great that you think you could make a decent sum of cash off of it, then you’ll want to file a patent pending to own the idea before throwing it out to the engineers. So if you find that your idea has been stolen, you can then follow through with legal repercussions. If your idea is good enough and you have the available capital to have a startup, then you can market your product to be sold by part to auto-makers. If you don’t have the startup capital, then the easier method is to find a means to sell the patent to auto-makers who’d have an interest in your design.

However if you are an engineering philanthropist, then you can skip the legal troubles and self publish your designs on existing models of cars from various brands that you have an interest in. Then write a review about how much your new part has increased gas mileage in the new Mercedes engine or any other quality of life improvements your designs could add. Bonus points if you actually build and test the design and get real concrete data. Once you’ve done this you just need to share it on car discussion forums and by natural osmosis your ideas will make it to the engineers who could use or improve it.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Show Your Success

In general most people don’t consider cars as much of an investment beyond perhaps modern fuel efficient cars as a means to save money. A luxury car is what people buy to show off their disposable income, and as cars are driven they depreciate in value, so how does one consider a luxury car an investment for any business savvy man?

It all comes down to image and ego, if the luxury cars are the toys of the wealthy then obviously having one is a sign of being successful. You pay that extra money to get the Mercedes-Benz and people will see you driving it or getting out of it and think that you must be successful to drive a car like that around.
In the business of sales, marketing and most importantly consulting, your image means everything to the client. Nobody is going to take money advice from someone who doesn’t look like they have a cent to their name, so consultants invest and get a good shoes, suit, tie, the whole deal to look presentable to their customer. If you are going that far to convince your customer that you have money and are thus credible, then the Porsche or Mercedes or whatever brand sounds most prestigious in your area would be an accessory to credibility.

When it comes down to it, if customers see your car, or your business place, or you, and they feel like your competitor has more money than you, they will assume that your competition is the better business. Many people do not change their first impressions, so not having everything in order to look great is a way to lose sells to your competition that went the extra mile in presentability.

But if you need a luxury car to get more money to become more successful, then wouldn’t you already need to be successful to get the car? Not necessarily. A salesman cares about making the best impression to the widest audience possible, and typically a low enough percent of the population know enough about cars to know that your Mercedes is 4 years out of season with a fresh set of rims purchased for the cheap online to keep the sparkle like it’s new and valuable going.

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Maybe it’s Time for a New Benz Naming Convention

Some Mercedes-Benz cars are known to have notoriously long names, but they might be left in the dust in the near future with the EQ sub-brand adding yet another prefix before the model name. Soon enough we expect the Mercedes electric supercar to be prefaced with Mercedes-Benz AMG EQ and then finally the name of the car. 

Click here for all of your Mercedes parts needs, it’ll be easier than saying the new brand names

 

The Mercedes-Benz hypercar currently in development could face a branding conundrum as the German automaker continues to add sub-brands.

It will wear the three-pointed star, making it a Mercedes-Benz. And it is being developed by AMG, the performance sub-brand. And it will share the Formula 1 hybrid powertrain, making it eligible to be part of the new EQ sub-brand that will denote electric vehicles.

Daimler used the Paris Motor Show to confirm work is underway on the hypercar and also to launch the new EQ brand. Executives aren’t worried about a potentially lengthy moniker, which could include “Mercedes-Benz AMG EQ” and then the name of the supercar. Continue Reading

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The Benz-Buccaneers Cool Club

Mercedes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been in partnership for over a decade now, and it seems there is no plan to break ties. The Buccaneers have 500 exclusive premium Mercedes seats and of them almost all have already sold out.

The exclusive Mercedes seats offer the best experience of the game in stadium just as Mercedes intends to offer the best ride of all for its owners.

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay area Mercedes-Benz dealers announced today an extension of their partnership, which is highlighted by the addition of naming rights to the all-new Hall of Fame Club at Raymond James Stadium. All of the nearly 500 seats have already sold out for the 2016 season, however, the team has established a waiting list for interested prospects.

The Mercedes-Benz Hall of Fame Club is one of two premium seating concepts featuring all-inclusive food and beverage options, air-conditioned comfort and some of the best views of the game action.

This elevated viewing experience at Raymond James Stadium aligns with the luxury, class and comfort the Mercedes-Benz brand symbolizes. Continue Reading

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New Mercedes Off-Roading E-Class

Mercedes has released yet another new model, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain which dares to do the unthinkable and take a luxury brand car off road or on the highway, or wherever life would take you. This relatively conservative looking off-roader has jacked up suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive giving it the power to go wherever you’d need a Benz to go, and then some.

 

Joining Volvo’s new V90 Cross Country in the crossover-flavored, executive estate segment, is Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class All-Terain, teased here just a few hours ahead of its online reveal, which will be followed by a world premiere in Paris next week.

The video shows the All-Terrain’s plastic body cladding, which may (or may not) come in handy if any drivers decide to leave the safety of the road and head on to a short off-road adventure, helped by a generous ride height, adjustable air suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Since it will keep the shell, platform and most of the nuts and bolts of the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, expect an identical interior with all the equipment offered as standard or on the options list, Continue Reading

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